-0.1 on previous index reading
The Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse stood at 92.6 in October 2018. The index, which combines the results of the Consumer and Business Pulses, was down 0.1 on last month but up 2.1 on a year ago.
Budget 2019 took place during this month’s survey period, with some interviews conducted prior to it and some after, though most of the details had been signalled. But with a deal on Brexit proving elusive and political rhetoric high, consumer confidence was down in October. While business sentiment ticked up in the month, the mood was mixed across the sectors with the Industry and Services Pulses rising but the Retail and Construction Pulses falling.